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SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues New C&DIs Relating to New “Regulation A+”

On June 23, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance issued new Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs) relating to the recently expanded Regulation A, commonly referred to as...more

SEC Publishes Staff Interpretations on New Regulation A+

The Securities and Exchange Commission has published 11 Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”) related to the new rules implementing “Regulation A+,” which became effective June 19, 2015. The C&DIs are numbered...more

“Notable By Their Absence: Finders And Other Financial Intermediaries In Small Business Capital Formation”

Small businesses are often regarded as the catalyst for economic growth in the United States. Small businesses account for the creation of two-thirds of all new jobs, and are the incubators of innovation. The majority of...more

SEC Denies Motion to Stay Regulation A+

On June 16, the Securities and Exchange Commission denied a motion, filed by Monica J. Lindeen, Montana State Auditor, ex officio Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, which sought to stay the effectiveness of new...more

Still Threatened: Arbitration Clauses in Securities Customer Agreements

In a report to Congress released in March, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) takes aim at consumer agreements that require disputes to be resolved by arbitration. The CFPB generally does not have...more

Regulation A+ Goes Into Effect

On June 19, 2015, final rules (colloquially known as Regulation A+) go into effect. These new rules create an exemption that is substantially similar to the existing framework of Regulation A under the Securities Act but are...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Takes Expansive View of Investment Advisor’s Liability Under Blue Sky Law in Hays v. Ellrich

Last week, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) handed down Hays v. Ellrich, a decision with important implications for the investor advising community. The case is significant for two reasons. First, even though...more

States Challenge Blue Sky Preemption Under Regulation A+

On May 27, the Federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia combined lawsuits filed by the commonwealth of Massachusetts and the state of Montana against the Securities and Exchange Commission. The lawsuits seek to...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 22

In This Issue: - SEC Staff Releases Analysis Related to Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules - States Challenge Blue Sky Preemption Under Regulation A+ - FINRA Proposes Revised BrokerCheck Hyperlink Rule -...more

SEC Adopts Rules to Implement Regulation A+, Providing New Avenue for Capital Formation

Overview - On March 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to Regulation A (Regulation A+) pursuant to Section 401 of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) for offers...more

Going from A to A+: SEC Approves Amendments to Regulation A

On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission unanimously adopted final rules to amend Regulation A, as mandated by Title IV of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act). Whereas the existing...more

Financial Services Law - April 2015

This special edition of the Financial Services Law Newsletter includes a series of blog posts written by Peer-to-Peer Lending and Crowdfunding partner Brian S. Korn for the LendItUSA 2015 conference to be held April 13-15 in...more

SEC Approves Final Rules for Regulation A+

On March 25, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules amending Regulation A to implement the provisions of Section 401 of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act). The new rules confirm...more

NASAA Unveils Online Filing System for State Form D Filings

On December 15, 2014, the North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc. (NASAA) unveiled its Electronic Filing Depository (EFD) for use in connection with state Form D filings in Rule 506 offerings. The NASAA...more

First Issuer Completes NASAA Coordinated Review Program

There has been somewhat of a controversy surrounding the SEC’s rulemaking in connection with Regulation A+ under the JOBS Act. Should larger Tier 2 offerings preempt state blue sky regulation (my preference) or be subject to...more

Federal Court Holds That Lack of Loss Causation Is Not a Defense Under Massachusetts Blue Sky Law

The United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts recently held in Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. v. Residential Funding Co., LLC, that lack of loss causation is not available even as an affirmative...more

Is the SEC Doing Enough to Promote Capital Formation?

If you believe Commissioner Daniel M. Gallagher, the answer is an emphatic “no”, at least with respect to small businesses. On September 17, 2014, at a Heritage Foundation event, Commission Gallagher gave a speech criticizing...more

Electronic Blue Sky Filings: NASAA Proposes Model State Rules

The North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc. (NASAA) has released model rules relating to the use of its Electronic Filing Depository (EFD) system for Form D and state registration and notice filings. The...more

NASAA Seeks Comment on a Model Rule for Electronic Blue Sky Filings

The North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc. (NASAA) posted a web notice requesting comment on model rules that would provide for electronic filings with the states of Form D and other state securities...more

When “All” Doesn’t Necessarily Mean “All”

In Who Can’t Raise Capital?: The Scylla and Charybdis of Capital Formation, 102 Ky. L.J. 1 (2013-2014), Duke University Professor James D. Cox tackles the widespread criticism of state blue sky laws as barriers to capital...more

UBS Motion to Dismiss RMBS Suit Granted in Part

On June 10, Judge Denise Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted in part and denied in part UBS’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed against it by the National Credit Union Administration,...more

And You Thought Dissenters’ Rights Didn’t Apply To Delaware LLCs

Delaware’s Limited Liability Company Act provides that a limited liability company agreement or an agreement of merger or consolidation or plan of merger may provide for appraisal rights. 6 Del. Code § 18-210. Does this...more

Amendments To "Regulation A" - A Step Towards a Middle Ground in Smaller Company Capital Formation

The Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission) recently proposed rules amending Regulation A. Regulation A currently allows an exemption from federal registration under the Securities Act of 1933 (the Securities Act) for...more

SEC Proposes Rules to Facilitate Small Business Financing

Introduction - On December 18, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rules to enhance access to capital by smaller companies pursuant to its rulemaking mandate under Title IV of the Jumpstart...more

Start-Up Raising Capital? Some Common Features of Preferred Shares & Why Some Select Preferred Shares over Convertible Debt

When you start a business and want to attract your first round of financing, Preferred Shares is one product that can be offered to Investors. Many Founders have asked us to explain exactly what Preferred Shares are and...more

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